Atomic-scale intercalation of amorphous MoS2 nanoparticles into N-doped carbon as a highly efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27193-27201
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume45
Online published11 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2020

Abstract

The hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) properties of the catalysts are significantly dependent on their microscopic structure. Interfacial engineering at the atomic level is the main approach to design high performance of electrocatalysts. Herein, an interfacial modulation strategy is proposed to fabricate monolayer amorphous MoS2 nanoparticles with an average of 3.5 nm in diameter stuck in multilayer N-doped carbon (MoS2/NC), boosting a high HER activity. The amorphous MoS2 could provide more edge active sites and NC layers endow the fast electron transfer. The XPS, Raman spectra and density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal that the C–S bond in MoS2/NC provides the fast electron transfer and decreases H binding energy. Benefiting the unique sandwiched structure, the MoS2/NC boosts a low overpotential of 152.6 mV at a current density of 10 mA cm−2, a small Tafel slope of 60.3 mV dec−1, and outstanding long-term stability with 97.3% retention for over 24 h. This strategy provides a new opportunity and development of interfacial engineering for turning intrinsic catalytic activity for water splitting.

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  • Electrocatalysts, Hydrogen evolution reaction, Layer-by-layer, Monolayer amorphous MoS2, NC nanobelts

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Atomic-scale intercalation of amorphous MoS2 nanoparticles into N-doped carbon as a highly efficient electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction. / Peng, Xinyan; Huang, Chao; Zhang, Biao et al.
In: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 45, 16.10.2020, p. 27193-27201.

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